Shane Burley


The documentary process is one that puts experimentation above structure, almost to the antithesis of conventional narrative storytelling. With the documentary thesis project Expect Resistance, Shane Burley took on a complex set of political ideas and experiences and attempted to thread them together into a common narrative. This made the project evolve over time, taking on new forms, and adapting to the conditions of the actual filmmaking process. Here he discusses the changes in the project, the challenges that were implicit with this type of film, and how the final film attempted to challenge perception about political involvement and the role of the house in a post-foreclosure world. Additionally, the budget of the film is looked at in detail and the complete interview with Noam Chomsky is included, which grounds the film in a broader analysis of capitalism and social movements.

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Chomsky, Noam--Interviews; Documentary films--Authorship; Occupy movement--New York (State)--Rochester; Foreclosure--United States

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School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Spaull, Malcolm


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: PN1995.9.D6 B87 2013


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